Fruit pizza with a sugar cookie crust

During summers in college, Athens was a ghost town. When we weren’t taking summer classes, working, or taking advantage of the discounted drink prices downtown, my friends and I would bake delicious desserts. This one is easy to make and is relatively healthy, since it’s topped with fruit. Normally, I make cookie dough from scratch, but for simplicity’s sake, I use pre-made dough for this recipe. Note: you can use whatever fruits you like, if you don’t like the ones in my recipe.

Fruit pizza with a sugar cookie crust
Adapted from this Pillsbury recipe
Makes one pizza, between 8-12 slices, depending on how large you make each slice
Prep time: about 20 minutes
Baking time: 12-18 minutes; Cooling time: 10 minutes
Decorating time: 5-10 minutes
Chilling time: 15 minutes to an hour (we were never able to wait longer than 15 minutes before digging in, but it didn’t taste less awesome)

Fruit pizza with a sugar cookie crust.

Fruit pizza with a sugar cookie crust.

Ingredients & supplies:

  • 1 roll of sugar cookie dough (I use Pillsbury)
  • 1 8 oz. package of softened cream cheese (I use 1/3 less fat Philadelphia cream cheese)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 of a kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 10 strawberries, hulled & halved
  • 1/2 cup of blackberries
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 pizza pan
  • plain cooking spray or butter to grease pan
  • small bowl to mix cream cheese “sauce” in and spatula to do mixing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease pizza pan with cooking spray. Spread sugar cookie dough evenly onto pan. Bake for 12-18 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Cool for 10 minutes.
  3. While the sugar cookie crust is baking, mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl until fully incorporated. (I use a spatula, not a whisk when mixing this, as cream cheese tends to get stuck in a whisk.)
  4. After the sugar cookie crust has cooled, spread the cream cheese onto crust.
  5. Decorate the pizza with the banana, strawberries, kiwi, and blackberries. Enjoy!